The Inaugural BIT Conference: BITCON2018

Minneapolis-St.Paul MN October 11, 2018, October 13, 2018
Tags: Tech & entrepreneurship, Your career in tech, Tech in your community, Engineering & innovation, Machine learning/ai/big data, Media arts & technology

CFP closed at  August 15, 2018 11:08 UTC


National nonprofit organization, Blacks in Technology (BIT) will host their inaugural conference in the Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area from October 11th-13th. The BIT Conference is the 2018 premiere event for black professionals to network, enhance their business acumen, and increase their expertise in the tech industry. Events include over 25 workshops, networking parties, a Tech Fest and career fair, pitch competition, city excursion tour, and more! As the Twin Cities is quickly becoming one of the fastest-growing hotspots for innovation, BIT will highlight the region’s tech, business, and political climate while inviting the nation’s leading companies to share knowledge and source talent. With expectations of over 1000 attendees, BIT will provide an interactive and innovative platform to increase and recognize the representation of blacks in the tech industry.

CFP Description

We look forward to your proposals for presentations and workshops that focus on one or more of the following topics:

Tech & Entrepreneurship

Blacks in Tech are seeking to provide sessions that focus on helping startups and small businesses grow. Discussions can include the following: Marketing, Prototyping, Patents & Trademarks, Grants, Franchising & Licensing, Investing, Seed Rounds, Accelerators, Incubators, Supplier Diversity, Private and Public Sector Contracting, Venture Capital, Pitch Development, Business Entities, Accounting & Banking, Insurance, etc.

Your Career in Tech

Part of BITs core mission is to increase the representation of black professionals in tech. We are seeking discussions that provide insight on gaining employment in a technical field. Possible discussion include whiteboarding and interviewing techniques, Women in Tech, mentorship and navigating the corporate ladder, technical recruiter insight, personal branding, salary negotiation, startup/project teams, ERG Group development and insight, Increasing diversity in your startup or tech company.Traditional vs non traditional training programs, technical workforce overview, etc

Tech in Your Community

For this category, consider ways technology has been applied to improve the quality of life in your community. This is also an opportunity to let conference attendees know about unsung heroes in their communities that are using technology to advance the interests of African Americans. Possible discussion may include - Community outreach, youth outreach, elderly outreach, women outreach, civic hackathons, public safety, Education improvement, workforce development, tech for civic and gov applications.

Engineering & Innovation

BIT prides itself of being a very tech savvy community. We are seeking engineering discussion on the following topics - Cloud Services, cybersecurity, Machine Learning, AI, Big Data, Data Analytics, ERP management, Intermediate Coding, Advanced Coding, Bio Tech, Fin Tech, Automation, Mechanical engineering, Advanced Robotics, Unmanned Systems Demo, SAAS, Clean tech, System Engineering, Industry Inisght.

Media Arts & Technology

BIT will is seeking to develop a robust media, arts, and technology track. We are considering disucssions, workshops, and demos on the following topics - Gaming, VR/AR, Social Media, Web Design, UX/UI, sound engineering demos, Web Design Software Demo, Ad Tech, Sports Tech, etc.